1. Transmission slipping

If you’re experiencing automatic transmission slipping, it can feel like you’re driving in a specific gear, and then it changes for no apparent reason. The noise from the engine may change in pitch or start to sound like whining. Your car may also seem like it’s struggling, is suddenly underpowered, or isn’t accelerating as it should. A transmission that needs to be repaired, rebuilt, or replaced is expensive. Mechanics break down the costs of various transmission-related repairs.

2. Transmission warning light

A warning light alone, like the “check engine” light, typically doesn’t mean you have a transmission problem, but if any of the above symptoms are occurring in conjunction with an illuminated warning, have it diagnosed by a professional.A warning light typically means the computer generates an error code that can be checked with a shop’s diagnostic equipment. For transmissions specifically, “P0700” is a code that can indicate a general transmission problem.

3. Delayed engagement

If this symptom occurs, you’ll notice a delay before the car engages into drive and starts moving forward.When you shift out of “P” and into “D,” there may be a long pause where the car revs the engine as you give it gas, but it’s not moving forward as it should.Although not as common today, millions of Americans still choose to drive manual transmission vehicles. Here are a few maintenance tips for your stick shift.

4. Rough shifts

Your car may feel like it’s refusing to change gears as it usually does, or the gear shifts aren’t very smooth. Sometimes you can feel or hear a noticeable “clunk” or “thud” when the car shifts gears. You may also notice the car has difficulty getting up to speed.

5. Fluid leak

Transmissions are generally sealed units that should never leak fluid. If you’ve noticed leak spots on your driveway or garage floor, lay down cardboard under your car in the front and middle to determine if they’re active leaks.If your transmission is leaking – fluid is bright red, but can also be a dark red or brown – visit your auto service shop.Before refilling any transmission fluid, factory specifications should be followed because overfilling can create a more significant transmission issue. If you are noticing any of these 5 issues in your vehicle, it is time to make an appointment to have your transmissions checked out! Call to schedule your appointment with our trained technicians at BMW Repair San Diego.